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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,032Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 508 out of 1107

$250K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 681 out of 1107

387 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Kentucky
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 387 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 387 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,699 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Kentucky
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 873 473 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 266 210 2 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 190 3 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 162 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 206 154 5 7
IBUPROFEN 167 94 6 63
METFORMIN HCL 159 104 7 8
FAMOTIDINE 132 90 8 111
LISINOPRIL 131 98 9 2
OMEPRAZOLE 128 83 10 4
ATENOLOL 126 82 11 19
PROMETHAZINE HCL 123 42 R 12 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109 89 13 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 108 55 14 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 106 92 15 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 82 16 98
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 82 17 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 82 54 18 14
GABAPENTIN 77 53 19 9
SERTRALINE HCL 77 35 19 20
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 54 21 115
MELOXICAM 73 62 22 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 30 23 22
CEPHALEXIN 69 53 23 81
AZITHROMYCIN 69 52 23 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 67 53 26 15
PLAVIX 66 56 27 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 48 27 13
CARISOPRODOL 62 0 R 29 146
LIPITOR 60 52 30 109
TRAMADOL HCL 58 33 31 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 24 R 32 56
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 40 33 46
BUTALBITAL COMPOUND-CODEINE 52 52 S3 R 33 462
RANITIDINE HCL 51 45 35 21
PROAIR HFA 51 25 35 37
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Oct. 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.